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    Sausage and Bean Stew (Crock Pot)

    Sausage and Bean Stew (Crock Pot)

    What a great appetizer or lunch. The sausage, beans and garlic make a perfect stew. Served with cheese toast, this makes a great dish to serve to guests. Even with the bread, this dish comes in under 400 calories !! 6 servings 350 calories per serving 2 t oil 3 ...

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    Hamburger Soup (Crock Pot)

    Hamburger Soup (Crock Pot)

    This is so tasty – it’s something I have made many times and everyone who eats it is always delighted with the great heartiness and warmth. Beings this is a crock pot recipe, you can start this one before work, come home, drop in the noodles and in ...

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    Chinese Pulled Pork

    Chinese Pulled Pork (Crock Pot)

    This recipe was really interesting. Usually when you think of pulled pork, you expect a spicy Southwest flavor. But this one has an awesome Chinese sauce that is mellow and mild and is perfect with pulled pork. 8 servings 227 calories per serving 1/4 c soy sauce 1/4 c ...

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    I'm so very pleased to announce the 400 Calorie or Less App and eBooks ! The eBooks are now available for the Nook and the Kindle. There are 4 eBooks and they each host 40+ recipes to help you lose weight while eating the foods you love and ...

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    Easy Pork Carnitas

    Easy Pork Carnitas

    This is another great authentic recipe that cooks all day in the crock pot - it turns out a fantastically tender and juicy meat that is easily shredded and tastes great with a bit of lime and avocado. 4 servings 208 calories per serving 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon ground ...

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    Black Bean Chili (Crock Pot)

    Black Bean Chili (Crock Pot)

    This is one of the most awesome chili recipes I have ever made ! The depth of flavor was amazing. This is a truly authentic, rich, aromatic and spicy chili that is just plain PERFECT. Don’t forget the squirt of lime just before serving – it actually ...

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    Chicken Tortellini Stew (Crock Pot)

    Chicken Tortellini Stew (Crock Pot)

    This is a soupy stew or a thick soup :) Whatever it is, it's absolutely delicious. The sweet fennel adds just the little something different that makes this meal one of a kind. 6 servings 380 calories per serving 2 carrots, sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast cut ...

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    Lasagna (Crock Pot)

    Lasagna (Crock Pot)

    Even traditional lasagna lovers like this one - and it is nice and easy to do. Start it at lunch time and have dinner ready 4 hours later. Take a look at my video below for instructions on how to layer it in your crock. 8 servings 275 calories per ...

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    August 31st, 2010adminDinner, Kid Friendly, pork, Summer

    Cooking the pork in this manner turns your grill into a big oven. Be sure to sear the pork at the end of the cooking process so you get a nice browned outside. Serve with Oven Fries and a salad for a great balanced meal. Leftovers are great for making Cuban Sandwiches.

    Grilled Pork Roast

    Grilled Pork Roast

    10 servings
    253 calories per serving

    3 pound pork top loin roast or pork loin
    2 T parsley, chopped
    1 t fennel seeds, crushed
    1 t minced dry onion
    ½ t rosemary, crushed
    ¼ t salt
    ¼ t ground cloves
    ¼ t pepper
    ¼ t garlic powder
    ¼ t onion powder
    1/8 t ground coriander

    Trim fat from roast. Mix all spices together to create a rub and sprinkle it evenly over the meat and rub it in. Heat grill – lower heat to medium low – shut off one side of the grill so that you can grill with indirect heat. Place meat on a rack in a baking pan and place on the side of grill that is NOT on. Cook 1 ½ hours. Sear the meat on the side of the grill that is on for just a few moments, then remove from grill and let sit 15 minutes before slicing.

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    August 30th, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Snacks, Summer

    What a crisp and refreshing pop ! And when you are done, your mouth tastes like you just ate a bunch of ginger snap cookies. These are definitely on my list of recipes to make again :)

    Ginger Pops

    Ginger Pops

    4 servings
    52 calories per serving

    ½ c lemon lime seltzer
    1/2 inch ginger
    Juice of one lime
    Juice of one lemon
    3 T honey
    1 cup ice

    Place all in a blender and mix well. Spoon into popsicle molds and freeze at least 4 hours.

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    August 30th, 2010adminchicken, Lunch, Salads

    Lunch salads don’t have to be the same boring thing day in and day out. This one has marinated grilled chicken and artichokes giving it a great Italian flavor.

    Chicken Salad with Artichokes

    Chicken Salad with Artichokes

    2 servings
    390 calories per serving

    ½ c lite Italian dressing
    ½ lb. boneless skinless chicken breast halves
    2 c torn arugula
    2 c torn romaine leaves or other greens
    14 oz. can quartered artichoke hearts
    2 plum tomatoes, cut into wedges
    ½ c low fat shredded cheddar cheese
    4 fresh basil leaves cut into strips

    Pour ¼ c dressing over chicken and refrigerate ½ hour. Heat grill and cook chicken 6-8 minutes each side or until done then cut into strips. Combine arugula and lettuce and top with artichokes, chicken, tomatoes, cheese, basil and the rest of the dressing.

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    August 29th, 2010adminMexican, Snacks

    Just the right amount of spice in a popcorn snack that will keep you coming back for more :)

    Chili Lime Popcorn

    Chili Lime Popcorn

    2 servings
    85 calories per serving

    8 c microwave light popcorn, popped (20 calories per cup)
    2 t hot sauce
    1 T chili powder
    Juice of one lime

    Toss popcorn with lime juice and then add chili powder and hot sauce and mix well.

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    August 28th, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Summer

    This is like a pudding pop with strawberries – very rich, very creamy and very delicious !

    Strawberry Dream

    Strawberry Dream

    18 servings
    254 calories per serving

    8 oz. cream cheese, softened
    1 c skim milk
    1.5 oz. package sugar free vanilla instant pudding
    1-1/2 c thawed cool whip
    20 Nilla Wafers, coarsely broken
    1 c sliced fresh strawberries (save some for tops of desserts)
    1/2 c strawberry ice cream topping (or strawberry jam)

    Beat cream cheese until creamy and gradually beat in milk. Add pudding and beat 2 minutes (it will be quite thick) then stir in cool whip and berries. Swirl in topping. Divide cookies among 18 cupcake liners (I use silicone ones) then spoon in the strawberry mix, garnish the tops with extra berries and freeze 4 hours. Let sit out 10 minutes before eating.

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    August 27th, 2010adminDinner, Fish

    Last night I was watching Masterchef and the most awesome looking recipe was cooked ! It was Cat Cora’s Truffled Halibut, which in recipe books by Cat Cora is also referred to as Pan Seared Halibut with Sweet Corn Zabaglione.

    Today I am going to make an exception and list a recipe here that comes in higher than 400 calories – this one just looks too exquisite to miss. And it’s just a few calories over 400 – barely enough to count ;) With all original ingredients this one comes in at around 850 calories per serving. But by using fat free half and half instead of heavy cream and frying the zabaglione onions in Pam and some water instead of oil , you can come in at about 449 calories – not bad at all for a gourmet dish.

    As soon as I make this, I will post pictures – for now, I just wanted to get the recipe up for you.

    4 servings
    449 calories per serving

    Sweet Corn Zabaglione (cream sauce)
    Pam
    1-3 T water (instead of oil)
    1/2 c fresh yellow corn kernels (about 1 ear)
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 c fat free half and half (instead of heavy cream)
    1 egg yolk
    Kosher salt to taste

    Halibut
    2 T olive oil
    4 6 ounce halibut fillets
    Kosher salt to taste
    Fresh ground pepper to taste
    2 c arugula, stems removed
    1 c cherry tomatoes, halved
    1/2 c thinly sliced red onion
    1/4 c fresh yellow corn kernels (about 1/2 an ear)
    1/2 c fava beans

    Prepare the cream sauce – Heat a skillet and spray with Pam and cook corn and garlic 4 minutes. Add the half and half and simmer on very low heat 10 minutes. Because the half and half has no fat, you have to be careful to not let this come to a boil.

    Transfer all to a blender and puree until smooth and then strain through a fine mesh sieve. Bring 1 inch of water to boil in a double boiler and pour the corn puree into a bowl and whisk in the egg yolk then place in the top pan of the double boiler and whisk until thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt.

    If you do not want to go out and buy a double boiler, you can carefully fit together 2 sauce pans and accomplish the same thing – the main purpose of a double boiler is to make sure the pan with the food in it does not come in direct contact with the heat – it is like cooking with indirect heat. It is much gentler for sauces and other preparations. So just fill the bottom pan with a bit of water, rest a smaller pan on top making sure it does not touch down to to the other pan. It takes some coordination, but it can be done ;)

    For the fish – Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Heat 1 T oil to very hot and them saute fish 2 minutes per side being sure to get a nice golden sear on each side. Transfer to oven and bake 5-6 minutes to cook all the way through.

    Bring 2 c of water to a boil and boil the shelled fava beans for just a minute or 2 to soften them some.

    Toss together arugula, beans, tomatoes, onion and corn and mix with 1 T oil, salt and pepper.

    Divide the cream sauce on dishes, plate the fish atop it and add the salad bits to the top.

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    August 23rd, 2010adminHoliday Meals, Summer

    I figured you might be getting together your plans for Labor Day and looking for some great summer recipes – over the next week I’ll be re-posting some of my favorites from the past couple of months. These are great dishes for BBQ’s and picnics. If you are looking for more ideas, be sure to click the SUMMER category in the list over on the right side of the page !

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    August 22nd, 2010adminchicken, Lunch, Mexican, Soups

    I think this is the Mexican version of leftover soup – a bit of salsa, a bit of hominy, a bit of chicken, a bit of cilantro – - and all seasoned with cumin, that wonderful spice that makes it taste so rich.

    Chicken Posole Soup

    Chicken Posole Soup

    4 servings
    194 calories per serving

    4 c fat free chicken broth
    15.5 oz. can white hominy, drained
    ¾ c tomatillo salsa (often called salsa verde)
    2 c shredded cooked chicken breast
    1 ½ t cumin
    ½ c chopped fresh cilantro

    Mix broth, hominy and salsa and bring to a boil. Toss chicken with cumin and add to broth and simmer 10 minutes. Place in bowls and garnish with cilantro.

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    August 20th, 2010adminLunch, pork, Sandwiches

    Add in some ham and this is a pretty authentic sandwich – it’s just on whole wheat slices rather than a roll. But for only 285 calories, I’ll give up a little authenticity – and you don’t have to give up on ANY of the flavor ! You can add some mustard if you like, but I like this one plain.

    Cuban Sandwich

    Cuban Sandwich

    1 serving
    285 calories per serving

    2 oz. cooked leftover pork, sliced thin (slices from Grilled Pork Roast are great)
    2 slices whole wheat lite bread (45 calories per slice)
    1 slice light Swiss cheese (70 calories)
    2 sandwich stacker pickles, patted dry
    Pam
    I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray

    Make a sandwich of the pork, cheese and pickles. Heat a grill pan or frying pan and spray with Pam. Spray one side of the sandwich with 5-10 spritzes of ICBINB spray and lay the sprayed side down. Grill 3 minutes pressing down on the sandwich lightly. Spray the top of the sandwich with ICBINB and flip then continue cooking 2-3 minutes.

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    August 19th, 2010adminDessert, Italian, Summer

    Think Chocolate Italian ice but with more of a coffee flavor – and that describes this pretty well :) A great dessert for only 70 calories and a perfect ending to a summer night.

    Cappuccino Granita

    Cappuccino Granita

    7 servings
    80 calories per serving

    ½ c sugar
    2 T cocoa
    3 c strong hot coffee (decaf)
    1 c skim milk

    Place a 13×9 metal pan in the freezer to chill. Combine all ingredients and cool for ½ hour then pour it into the pan and place in the freezer for 30 – 60 minutes. When ice crystals form on the edges, stir with a fork being sure to pull away all the frozen pieces around the edges and freeze another 2-3 hours stirring every ½ hour.

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